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98th New York State Legislature

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Members  32
Party control  Republican (18-12-2)
98th New York State Legislature
Jurisdiction  New York, United States
Term  January 1 – December 31, 1875
President  Lt. Gov. William Dorsheimer (D)
Temporary President  William H. Robertson (R)

The 98th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 5 to May 22, 1875, during the first year of Samuel J. Tilden's governorship, in Albany.



Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (five districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Prohibition Party appeared at this time, nominating Ex-Governor Myron H. Clark — who had urged the Legislature to enact Prohibition in New York in 1853, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals — for Governor.


The New York state election, 1874 was held on November 3. Democrats Samuel J. Tilden and William Dorsheimer were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, defeating the incumbent Republicans John A. Dix and John C. Robinson. The other three statewide elective offices up for election were also carried by the Democrats. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Democratic 416,000; Republican 366,000; and Prohibition 12,000.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1875; and adjourned on May 22.

Jeremiah McGuire (D) was elected Speaker.

On January 20, the Legislature elected Francis Kernan (D) to succeed U.S. Senator Reuben E. Fenton (R) for a six-year term, beginning on March 4, 1875.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.


  • Clerk: Henry A. Glidden
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Daniel K. Schram
  • Doorkeeper: Frederick M. Burton
  • Assemblymen

    The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.


  • Clerk: Hiram Calkins
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Edward A. Brown
  • Doorkeeper: George W. Irish
  • Stenographer: Spencer C. Rodgers
  • References

    98th New York State Legislature Wikipedia

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